Hill International MEP expert calls QSAS a success

System successfully adopted in the country due to specific tailoring

Mohammed ElWeshahy says that QSAS has been a success for the Gulf country. Picture: Supplied
Mohammed ElWeshahy says that QSAS has been a success for the Gulf country. Picture: Supplied

The Qatar Sustainability Assessment System has been a ‘success story’ for the GCC country as it strives to meet sustainability benchmarks set by its government, a leading MEP expert has claimed.

In an interview with MEP Middle East, Mohammed ElWeshahy, MEP manager for Hill International’s Qatar office, said that QSAS has been successfully adopted within the country as it was the first system tailored to specific Middle East conditions.

“QSAS is a success story in Qatar, with more than 2,000,000m2 projects applying to achieve several grades in several schemes,” he explained.

A green building certification system developed for the State of Qatar by the TC Chan Centre for Building Simulation and Energy Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Gulf Organisation for Research and Development, QSAS has been in operation since 2009.

Since its deployment, over 128 buildings in Qatar have been certified on the basis of a number of categories. These categories and criteria measure the different aspects of the project’s environmental impact.

The categories and criteria range from a thorough review of water consumption to an assessment of light quality.

“The rating system is designed to match and fit Middle Eastern weather and the QSAS neighbourhood scheme is a great initiative to move forwards towards sustainable neighbourhoods and cities,” ElWeshahy added.

At present, the TC Chan Centre and GORD are collaborating further to develop and expand QSAS, so as to take it further afield in the Middle East.

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